Category: Sustainability

  • JPACT Adopts Weak Greenhouse Gas Policy for RTP

    The Portland Mercury is reporting that at this morning’s Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation meeting, the committee rejected an amendment from Mayor Adams to review the project list for climate impacts, while adopting a weaker amendment by Councilor Rex Burkholder. The weaker language postpones any real impact by climate analysis on actual investments until…

  • Dutch Move to VMT Tax

    Via the Streetsblog network. The Dutch cabinet has agreed to reduce vehicle ownership taxes and impose a new tax based on kilometers driven (complete with GPS tracking – privacy protections are promised). The new tax will be higher during peak driving hours. The government is predicting reductions in both emissions and congestion.

  • Sam Takes on JPACT Over Greenhouse Gases

    OPB is quoting Mayor Sam Adams threatening to vote no on the Regional Transportation Plan unless we can get project-by-project analysis of climate change impacts (against a context of an RTP that predicts a 50% increase in GHG emissions by 2035). Metro is taking the position that such analysis would be available for the 2014…

  • Planning for the future as if we were serious

    Rob Zako posted the message below to the OTRAN list and with his permission I’m cross-posting it here. — Chris This afternoon, I attended a portion of the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) meeting, in particular, the agenda item dealing with progress on updating the Eugene-Springfield-Coburg regional transportation system plan. I was reminded…

  • Marketing “Green”

    Portland State University Center for Transportation Studies Fall 2009 Transportation Seminar Series Speaker: Joan Walker, UC Berkeley Topic: The Power and Value of ‘Green’ in Promoting Sustainable Travel Behaviors When: Friday, Nov 13, 2009, 12:00 – 1:00pm Where: PSU Urban Center Building, SW 6th and Mill, Room 204